Online Access to Trust Interviews


The Trust, through the good offices of volunteer Veronica Hartwich, is preparing an online access project to bring some of the substantial archive of interviews held by the Trust into publicly accessible format. Veronica is working with the Scottish Cultural Resources Access Network (SCRAN) on a pilot project, to publish online reminiscences of a sample of the interviews conducted over the years. The first will be with shipyard workers, Onion Johnnies and Peeblesshire textile workers. The work of the Trust will also be highlighted through an information page on the site, which will incorporate an interview with the late Dr Ian MacDougall about his recording of working people’s testimony for the Trust over some 20 years. There have been considerable delays to this project, due to Covid, and we hope the material will now go live in 2023.

This will be the first time that the Trust has adopted an open online delivery method to increase accessibility to its collection of several hundred interviews, and will inform our plans for developing further remote access to the wealth of oral history material in our archive.